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Bell's Java Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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very good

2,847 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,847
Reviews: 1,093
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 157
Gots: 283 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001

Java Stout uses a custom blend of coffee beans, roasted locally for us by Water Street Coffee Joint, to generate its intense flavor. Possessing an unmistakable aromatic punch, Java Stout has long been one of our most popular stouts.
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a deep mahogany tone while yielding a foamy / frothy 1" tan head. middling retention and lacing. no shocker, the nose is headlined by a strong roasted coffee presence. which is enticing, even if a bit one-dimensional in that regard.

flavor follows the nose with coffee notes in spades. there are some secondary notes of roasted malt and, to a lesser degree, chocolate. very muted though, clearly the coffee is front and center with this beer. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a very enjoyable stout - more so, obviously, if you love coffee. not the best i've had but i would certainly not be averse to more.

(originally reviewed: 02-02-2012)

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of acevenom
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to EgadBananas for this bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with a two finger length, creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Some ruby red can be seen along the edges of the glass. Some sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. There are aromas of dark roasted barley malt, strong coffee, and mild chocolate. It smells sweet. The taste follows the nose. There are strong flavors of coffee and roasted barley malt. There's chocolate and molasses. The flavors are full and robust. The alcohol is not present in the flavor. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The beer is smooth and creamy. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer. While the body is on the lower end for imperial stouts, this is by no means a point against this beer. Try this one if you can find it.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Danny1217
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, letting just a bit of light through, with a brown head that stays for a bit. Good lacing as well.
Smells like roasted coffee and a hint of smoke.
The taste is mostly roasted coffee. Sweet and bitter flavors collide like a strong coffee with just a bit of sugar. Robust is a good word for this.
Rich and creamy mouthfeel with slightly less than medium carbonation.

I'll just say it: this is not an imperial stout. It kind of approaches territory of an imperial stout, but it doesn't entirely fit the bill. If you go into drinking this thinking that it is going to be a heavy imperial stout, you will be disappointed. If you're expecting a regular American stout with a strong coffee flavor, you'll won't be disappointed. This beer is actually quite sessionable. I sessioned it last night, as a matter of fact.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Coffee grounds, roastiness, some dark chocolate, some tobacco.

L: Very dark brown, light tan creamy head that dissipates.

T: Very coffee forward with some roastiness. Medium low bitterness leading to a quite dry finish with lingering roastiness. Overally on the drier side. Coffee dominates throughout. Some dark chocolate as it warms.

M: Slight alcohol present, medium bodied, medium low carbonation.

Pretty good, almost on par with FBS. Not sure why FBS gets so much hype compared to this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a wine glass. The label on the bottle has a funny cartoon character. Anyhow, the body of it pours a near black with very little hear, a ring soon sits atop. Smell has dark chocolate and coffee. Taking a sip of this and I taste roasted malts, quite a bit of dark roast coffee and some chocolate. Mouthfeel is velvet-like with a bittersweet finish. This is fine double/coffee stout and I am glad that I picked this up a few weeks ago when I was in Philly.

Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,847 ratings.